International Cat Day: How you can celebrate

International Cat Day: How you can celebrate

Published August 9, 2022
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International Cat Day falls on Monday, Aug. 8. This day is celebrated annually on Aug. 8, however, don’t get it confused with National Cat Day, which is celebrated in October. International Cat Day was actually founded back in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to celebrate feline companions and raise awareness of their needs. 

If you’re anything like me, taking a trip to the local animal shelter can turn into an entire day trip. It is hard to leave without taking a cat with you. If you have the means to and are ready to adopt a cat, or any other pet, local animal shelters are a great place to start. My family has even taken in rescue cats from outside, so you may just find your new best friend roaming around your neighborhood.

It is always important to be cautious when interacting with feral cats, but if you feel comfortable feeding your local neighborhood cats it is a great way to ensure they have happy lives. Of course, consult with your neighbors and other members of the household before introducing food to feral cats. The cats will love you forever and your house will be their new hangout spot.

If you are looking to help out your local neighborhood kitties, a great place to start is by looking into Trap, Neuter or Spay, and release (TNR) programs. These programs require you to trap the feral cat, send it to be neutered or spayed, and then released it back into the wild. If you happen to come across a cat and you see its ear is tipped, that means it has been a part of the TNR program. There are TNR programs all over the country. This program is very important in helping reduce the number of feral cats in the wild and ensuring they live safe lives.